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Learning Music Theory (II): Grades 4-5

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.


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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Would you like to improve your music reading skills? Do you play an instrument but need to improve your theory? Are you curious to know more about how music notation works? Students who wish to do so can opt to enter themselves for an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory grade exam in addition to the module credit they would receive for passing this course.

Learning Music Theory II follows the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory syllabus closely, progressing gradually from Grades 4 to 5.

Students are required to purchase their own copies of the Music Theory in Practice course workbooks for grades 4 and 5.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for students who have completed Learning Music Theory (I), or for those with some existing knowledge of music notation. A choral singer might be interested in intervals; a guitarist would look for help with harmony and chord symbols; a songwriter might need to be aware of accents and rhythms; a concert-goer would like to follow an orchestral score. All are very welcome.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of classes illustrated at the keyboard and through use of CD. Examples are written on the whiteboard, available in handouts, or in the course workbooks. Students bring manuscript paper to the meetings, and are encouraged to have a go at writing the music down.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. Assessment for this module is both formal and informal, but the aim is that the student should enjoy each session and avoid the bewilderment so often felt by many when faced with a music score. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Reading
Music Theory in Practice course workbooks for grades 4 and 5. Students are required to purchase their own copies.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.